"A Faithful Attempt" is designed to showcase a variety of K-12 art lessons, the work of my art students, as well as other art-related topics. Projects shown are my take on other art teacher's lessons, lessons found in books or else designed by myself.
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Thursday, June 2, 2016

Tissue Paper Grid Portraits

This was a fun lesson I did with my Grade 5 students that I found HERE. They learned the basics of proportion in a face. They practiced on scrap paper first, then drew their good copy on heavy 9 x 12" white paper. Then they outlined the face in Sharpie. Finally, they used bleeding tissue paper and cut it into squares. Using water and a paintbrush, they applied it to their paper, let it sit for a bit, then peeled it off to reveal the colour tranfer.

Sunday, May 1, 2016

Chinese Blue & White Porcelain Vases

This is a fantastic lesson I've incorporated into my "Art of China" unit. 
I pinned this lesson months and months ago and finally got around to it this year 
with my Grade 9/10 class.
It's found HERE on one of my all time favorite art blogs: http://arteascuola.com/
She gives all the instructions on her blog.
The only thing we did differently was use white acrylic paint instead of gesso. We also used simple bamboo sticks/skewers for the scratching part. My kids loved this lesson- a couple even saying it was their favorite all year :)

Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Pi (π) City Skyline

I teach a class on Fridays called "MART" to a group of Grade 4 - 6 students. Another teacher and I team teach the class- it's essentially Math inspired art projects.
I found this project HERE on the website: http://www.whatdowedoallday.com/
There's great instructions on the website and we more or less followed them.
Pi (π) is the ratio of a circle’s circumference to its diameter. Pi is a constant number, meaning that for all circles of any size, Pi will be the same. The number pi is extremely useful when solving geometry problems involving circles.

The kids started off by painting their background on a sheet of heavy 9x12" white paper. They could use any media the wanted- most chose to use liquid watercolours.

While the backgrounds were drying, they created their city skyline. I gave them each a printout of the Pi number. Using regular school graph paper, they started with the first number (3) and coloured in (using markers) the first three squares vertically on the graph paper. Then they went along the graph paper horizontally, colouring in the next number in Pi. They only got to use about 19 numbers, more or less, before they ran out of paper, but some of the keeners taped graph paper together to allow for a longer number!!

Once the skyline is coloured in, carefully cut it out and glue stick it to the painted background paper.
Grade 4,5 finished artwork :)













Saturday, March 12, 2016

Baby Llama drawings

 ~ my sample ~
Grade 3 students in my province study Peru as part of their Social Studies curriculum. I've never done any Peruvian art project before and finally got around to developing one: baby llamas!!  I thought, why do llamas when you can do super cute adorable baby llamas! haha
I showed my kids photos of llamas on my big screen TV. We talked about the shapes, colours and facts about llamas and their role in Peruvian culture.
I did a demo of how I drew mine on big chart paper I use. Of course my kids are free to alter/change my drawing however they want. This just gives them a basic guideline of instruction; especially useful for my weaker students who need more step-by-step instruction.
This lesson was so popular, I had to teach it to two other grade levels: Grades 4 & 5. Even the high schooler's said "When are we going to learn how to draw baby llamas?" hahaha

Once kids drew it out on heavy white paper, they coloured it in using markers or watercolours. Then they glued on some pom-poms around the neck- traditional Peruvian llamas were decorated with brightly coloured tassels and such. I hand sewed a little bell onto each one (the students requested that- it took forever!!)




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